3. Of Aegae, an epic poet, who among other works which are not specified, wrote an epic poem, Thebais (Θηβαίς
), consisting, according to Suidas, of twelve, and according to Eudocia, of thirteen books. As Longinus mentioned Menelaus with praise, he must have lived before A. D. 273, for in that year Longinus died (Waltz, Rhet. Graec.
vi. p. 93; Ruhnken, Dissert. de Vit. et Script. Longini,
30, &c. ed. Toupius).
The first five books of this epic are referred to by Stephanus Byzantinus (s. vv. Τέμμιξ, Ὑρμίνη, Ἀμφιγένεια, Λύκαια, Εὒτρησις
), but no fragments of any importance have come down to us.